Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Contributions to tax-free savings accounts (TFSA)

Release date: May 3, 2017 Updated on: September 13, 2017


Total dollar amount of contributions made by a person to tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) during the reference period. Individuals can make contributions to their TFSAs up to a limit, known as the TFSA contribution room, in each calendar year.

The TFSA contribution room is made up of:

For the 2016 Census, the reference period is the calendar year 2015 for this contribution variable.

Statistical unit(s)



Not applicable

Reported in

2016 (100% data)

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Variable derived based on administrative tax and benefit records received from the Canada Revenue Agency.


Positive dollar value or nil


One must be at least 18 years old to be eligible to make contributions to a tax-free savings account.

For additional information about the data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.

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